Roof-Mounted Antenna Installation
Roof-Mounted Antenna Installation: What Works Best?
4G/LTE upgrades have sparked a growth in roof-mounted antenna installations. There are many options when it comes to these types of installations, and choosing the right one for your application is crucial for a successful system.
What to consider
When considering a roof-mounted antenna installation, it’s important to factor in wireless application, coverage, range, aesthetics, as well as the mounting options for your specific antenna. Another important consideration is finding out where the nearest internet tower installation is relative to your location, as well as the line of sight conditions. Line of sight refers to the path between two communicating antennas. Line of sight is divided into three main categories, Full Line of Sight (LOS), where there are no obstacles between the two antennas, Near Line of Sight (nLOS), meaning there are partial obstructions like treetops or buildings between the two antennas, and Non Line of Sight (NLOS), where the area between the two antennas is fully obstructed. Determining which specific line of sight conditions exist in the area will help to determine the best practice for roof-mounted antenna installation.
In choosing antennas for a roof-mounted system, there are two types of outside antennas–omnidirectional and directional. Omnidirectional antennas receive and send signals in a 360-degree radius. They can receive signals from multiple cell towers and are an excellent choice in most situations where the existing outside signal strength is moderate to strong. Directional antennas need to be set up pointing in the direction of the cell tower, as it will only pick up signal in that direction. They are very good at picking up a weak signal in one particular direction and recommended in situations where existing outside signals are weak.
Regardless of which type of antenna you choose for your roof-mounted installation, it needs to be securely attached, as it will be exposed to a lot of varying weather conditions over time. The experts at Cadsourcing have experience and proven success in tower and rooftop installations and upgrades. Contact them today to see how they can help you make the right choice!